It can be too easy to get caught up in ourselves, to fall into the trap that is our own little world. In this day and age, we find ourselves being pulled in several directions – family, work, and now online. Computers, tablets, and smart phones are all great tools when used properly, but it’s a rare occasion when I find someone who honestly admits to not being tied to one of these devices… if not all three.
And then I look at my children, with their honesty and curiosity, and I wonder if the things we’er grinding away at really matter. I see how much fun they have and how easy it is to miss it just so I can quickly scroll through a few images of people I don’t even know on Instagram. Why? This year, I have made a concious decision to cut way back. Rather than blogging everyday, I’m choosing to blog only when the mood strikes, or when I think I have content that is of interest to others. I don’t want to waste my time and I definitely don’t want to waste your time. My Twitter account pumps out tweets, but their scheduled and automated. I almost never check it. And my phone sits on the counter a lot more than it did in 2014. It’s hard, and I don’t always follow my new rules, but I’m trying hard. And before long, I won’t give it a second thought.
The driving force behind this is really my kids. The find so many simple pleasures it boggles my mind. So this year I have decided to scale back and live life a little bit like they do. The image above of my younger son learning to ski is the perfect depiction of what I’m trying to achieve. We might not always see the forest for the trees, but we can’t let that stop us from letting life lead us down that path.
Keep your head up, your mind open, and be ready and eager to try new things.
Good for you! I’m all about finding balance this year in order to make more meaningful free time for myself and I think cutting back on time online will be a small but important step in helping me achieve that. Your photos are lovely. You are documenting some really special time with your kids.
The “Hands Free Revolution” at it’s best. Children are a beautiful barometer of where our priorities are. Beautiful post Shane.
Thank you so much Carrie! You’re right, children are so so important.
Lovely pic Shane .. Always good to take time out. And you have the perfect reason 🙂
Thanks Julie! Gardening is another terrific outlet, but I’m sure you are well aware of that 🙂
Bravo Shane! Life is way too precious to waste on meaningless trivia. Lately I have been guilty of lazily surfing the web especially facebook. Right now, I’m sitting here at the doctor’s – my health becoming more of an issue. Thanks for the reminder to cherish what is of real value and what brings us true happiness – mainly spending time with our children and those we love. Enjoy it to the full!
Oh and beautiful pictures. 🙂
Hey Mar, first off, I really hope that your health issues are of a temporary nature. No one deserves to be held back from their true potential and enjoyment of life, especially when health reasons are the cause.
Thanks for stopping by and chatting, I always enjoy our chats… have a great day!
Shane, I love how you have defined this WP challenge, so much so that I wish I had been the one to write it! With two of my three kids off on their own, and the third getting ready to leave for college in six months, I can definitely attest to how quickly time moves. Enjoy every precious moment of your family – theirs are the relationships that are most important – and revel in taking more of these wonderfully sweet photos of your growing boys!
Thank you so much Stacy! I definitely to enjoy this time, and I know that it’ll end one day when they grow up. Fortunately, I have a while until that happens.
Sweet. The photo and the sentiment.